CNV Board Statement of Commitment
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Nations people of these lands and waterways.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ sovereignty, and sacred connection to the lands and waterways and we celebrate their strong and enduring cultures, identities, and self-determination.
We are sorry for the endured trauma and torment of powerlessness inflicted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a result of the ongoing impact of colonisation, systemic discrimination, and white privilege.
We accept and acknowledge the invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and strongly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and the call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise agreement, treaty and truth-telling about our history.
We uphold the unique human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as outlined by the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and seek a future where they have power of their voice, rights, destiny, and their children flourish.